WordPress has enabled a lot of people to have websites and blogs to post their content and has enabled a lot of people to access information as well. However, there is a set of rules that makes websites become more accessible to people.
This includes people with disabilities or those who simply want some convenience. WordPress has some good requirements on how to achieve this. Let’s explore some of these designs ad how you can incorporate them.
A Screen Reader Navigation
When building your theme, you need to find out how you can actively build in the screen-reader navigation. There are ways you can achieve this including putting in HTML 5 landmarks and the proper ARIA roles.
Screen readers give readers the ability to skip from one link to another. When something says read more, if they have an idea of what more they are clicking to.
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Text To Speech Conversion
Speech impaired awareness is one of the biggest movements today and with WordPress accessibility, you can be able to join the movement. A lot of websites include written content and people who are visually impaired cannot access it.
With a text-to-speech plugin, people who cannot read the content can be able to listen to it. For those who use Mac, there is a voice-over aspect that allows for readers to have a voice read over the text. This can help in multitasking or easier consumption for those who prefer audio over visual content.
Accessibility does not have to be a complicated process and something as simple as keyboard navigation can go a long way in the process. Enable people to navigate the website using the keyboard because sometimes the touchpad or the mouse fails. They should be able to access everything from the menu to the entire page.
Include A High Contrast
According to the WordPress ADA compliance recommendations stated by the experts at AudioEye, contrast ratios can play an important role in helping those who have visual disabilities navigate a site better.
The recommended ratios of 4:5:1 are best in order to achieve visibility without ruining the quality of the content. Your site can retain a sleek website while ensuring everyone can access the content.
Well, not literally. In digital lingo, breadcrumbs are traces that can help a user trace back their steps on your website. WCAG describes it as a trail that helps a user navigate a website easily. This is important because users can go back to a post or a section of a post they like or would like to refer to.
This list highlights just a few of the ways you can use to make your website more accessible for the general public. These moves advocate for inclusivity, which in turn drives up your traffic. Other things such as screen reader to help those who use braille, using the correct tags to help the plugins work and so much more. The WordPress ADA compliance helps expound more on this so you can head over there and read more of this.